This story is by Christa Ewing and was part of our 2017 Spring Writing Contest. You can find all the Spring Writing Contest stories here.
Terra was in so much pain. The cancer was spreading. A lot of people really were trying to help her, but it just didn’t seem to be enough. The cancer was killing her in some areas while others were manageable, and it had spread throughout her whole body. What can I do or better yet what should I do? she thought. Terra was getting weaker by the day, with no hope in sight. Her whole body felt like it was being sucked dry. All the minerals and fluids were depleting at such a high rate; no amount of vitamins seemed to help. Trying to replace them was a losing battle. On top of everything she was losing her mind. Thinking straight was becoming very difficult on account of her splitting headaches.
“ A three car accident has made the sixty a parking lot today. We recommend taking the two-oh-two. It’s clear and moving smoothly.”
“Next in today’s news. The House of Representatives have once again rejected The Clear Air Act. The bill was said to improve the air quality by twenty percent. The House has rejected on the grounds that the bill was too aggressive.” Global warming is at an all time high. Listening to this crap is to depressing…ugh. She closed her mind to the worthless chatter. People were slowly killing themselves by not doing anything.>/em>
It’s time to go see Sam.
She couldn’t remember a day she didn’t see her healer, and today wasn’t any different. Having regular visits everyday really brings you closer. So much so, that they were on a first name basis.
“Sam, how do I look today?” Terra asked with knots in her stomach.
“Well, some areas seem to be improving, but unfortunately I can’t say the same all around.”
They went over the different parts of her body, and broke down the areas where the treatments were working and the ones where there was no effect.
“Is there anything else I can do?”
“Are you having any new problems today?”
“My energy is down, and I am always thirsty. It’s like I am losing water no matter how much I take in.”
“Are you still taking your vitamins daily?” Sam asked.
Terra preferred natural remedies like vitamins, minerals, herbs, and plenty of water.
“Yes, well, when I can. Sometimes I think I have enough, but when I go to take them I am out again. My mind just isn’t right lately.”
“Okay, I know it’s hard, but try to make sure to continue your regimen. I will send you more herbs to help your mind clear. Just make sure you pick them up.”
“Thank you, Sam.” Terra beamed at him. She was so grateful for all his help. He had been there for her when she didn’t know were to turn so many years ago. Sam gave her a side hug and smiled back.
After a long day of caring for herself, she decided to go visit her best friend Mona. Mona always made her feel better, and she needed a little down time.Terra found her laying by the ocean taking in the fresh air. She looked like she had fallen asleep. Terra didn’t want to bug her, but she really needed to talk.
“Mona are you up? I need a little advice.”
“Of course I’m up; you know I’m a night owl.” she laughed. Mona, always cheerful, Terra couldn’t help but smile. “How can I help?”
“I went to see Sam today.”
“Oh no! Bad news?” Mona remarked. Terra could see her concern. Her friend never faltered in her regards. It was easy to see, as she always wore her feelings on her sleeve.
“Well good, and bad. Some areas seem to be taking to the treatments, but others have not improved. Also, my train of thought has fallen off track. Foggy brained.” She sighed, “Tell me what to do.”
“Terra, I’m so sorry,” Mona paused,”Start by getting your mind off everything. Then, get rid of all the negativity in your life by putting yourself first. I have been telling you for years now that you really need a little fun and excitement.. Do it! That is what you really need.”
Terra thought about that for a minute. Mona was really happy and always shining with love for everyone. Maybe for once I should take her advice. Take a day off from worrying and just live for the moment here and now.
“Maybe you’re right. Tomorrow I am going to really enjoy my day.”
“Go swimming!” Mona suggested. Terra laughed. She knew Mona loved the water, and watched the waves daily.
“I was thinking something a little less physical. I love roller coasters, and it doesn’t take as much out of me.”
“There you go, and before you know it the cancer will disappear!” Mona conveyed with joy in her voice. Terra was going to do something for herself. They talked most of the night about all the things she could do to enjoy her day off.
By the next day, she was so excited that she was already feeling better. She decided to ride the tornado. It was one of her favorite rides. She waited for the roller coaster to start; the anticipation was almost too much.
The tornado started the build up slowly at first, then there was the rush down almost touching the ground then up again, around and around it went. The wind was so refreshing. Everyone on the ride with her was screaming and yelling; it was so exciting. Before she knew it, it was over. Filled with delight, she rode the tornado six more times before finally decided to call it a day. She was tired, but for the first time in years she felt wonderful.
She was still feeling exhilarated when she went to see Sam for her appointment that day. He looked at her intently. “So, how are you feeling today? You look like you had a good day. I haven’t seen you this happy in a long time.”
“Yes, I decided to enjoy today, and I’m so glad I did,” she laughed.
“Well let’s see if your body agrees with you.” Sam looked her over and doubled checked all his findings from the day before and compared it to today’s. “Well, I have some good news today. I don’t know how it’s possible, but your regions, here and here, are a lot better. I haven’t seen an improvement there in a while.”
Terra smiled. “I was feeling like a weight was lifted off my chest, and it looks like I was right.”
“Keep up the treatment and having fun. It looks like you found something that is working.”
She knew it sounded silly, but maybe taking her mind off the cancer actually helped. She was going to take action, and do something different and enjoyable every day. No matter how bad she was feeling. Tomorrow she was going to ride the twister, and the next day she was going to go for the hurricane.
Every day, for the next week, Terra did something exciting for herself, and as usual she got the once-over from Sam.
“Wow, I can’t believe it! Little by little the cancer is disappearing.” She was feeling better than she had in years.
Today she was going to visit Mona and let her know that her advice was working. As always, she found her by the ocean watching the waves.
“Hey there Mona!”
“Well, don’t you look great today.” Mona’s smile looked like it took up most of her face.
“Yes, I took your advice, and Sam says I am doing much better. In some areas the cancer is almost completely gone.”
“That’s wonderful! I knew you would get better if you took your mind off the situation.”
“Thanks Mona. So I was thinking, maybe we could go swimming. What do you think?”
They laughed and played till the waves became too high to swim.
“That was so much fun Mona. How about tomorrow we ride the waves till the sun comes up?”
“Oh yes, yes, yes that’s my favorite part!” Mona was so giddy with excitement. She didn’t stop talking and laughing all night.
The next night they surfed the waves together. Some were so large they looked as though they would cover the whole earth in one whoosh. In and out as they went together. Freedom that is what I need. She pondered. Terra’s troubles and all the pain washed away in that moment.
“Terra,” Sam remarked with a happy tone, “The cancer in ninety percent of your body has completely disappeared. Don’t stop now.”
When Terra was young and new to the sky, she was a little lonely. So, when man appeared on her surface she took this as a sign from the universe. They would be friends and work in harmony. She had been so naive.
Terra remembered the day she first met the cancer beings. They were kind and good, and took very good care of her. They talked to her, walked with her and worshiped her on a regular basis. She thought life was good for all of them.
At some point, they stopped talking to her, and acted like she wasn’t important anymore. The beings from that moment on only cared for themselves.
After years of warnings and pleading for change, they still ignored her. It was the last straw. She could not care for them anymore or she would die.
“Sam, I think it’s time for the largest disaster I can come up with. A winter storm would do very nicely. I am not stopping until every being is removed from my body.”
“Very well, Terra, this time is your time. I will dim my light for the next few days to give you plenty of time to do what you need to do.”
The end of the cancerous humans was upon them now, and Terra was finally going to heal and recover from their assault. After years of being drained, poisoned, and taken for granted she was going to be free from them for good.
“Mona, Sam is going to dim his light for me, I need your best waves. Make them big and as wide as they can go. Your glow at night will need to shine also during the day.”
“You got it sweetie. You’re doing winter?”
Terra started her storm from the north, and worked it all the way down to the south. Hail, snow, wind, and water; everything she had left to make her final stand. She knew their weaknesses and made sure she used every ounce of knowledge to remove them forever.
Mona and Sam did their part; making this the biggest storm Terra had ever made in her lifetime.
Two days later Sam came out, and Terra was cancer free, and healing very nicely. He beamed nice warm rays for her as Mona cleaned the trash in her waters. They both helped new plants start to grow. As a team they worked very well together.
Terra did feel sad she had to remove the people this way, but if they had their way they would have done the same thing to Mona. Every planet and moon in our system was at risk of being in pain and destroyed.
No, never again. Today was Earth day. Terra’s day and every day from this moment forward.